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Cabinet papers - Information releases

Proactively releasing information promotes good government, openness and transparency, and fosters public trust and confidence in agencies. MSD supports the proactive release of Cabinet papers in line with the guidance set out in the Cabinet Manual and Cabinet Office Circular (18) 4.

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17 September 2021

This paper notes the Emergency Benefit for temporary visa holders in hardship will end on 31 August 2021 and seeks agreement to extend the Immigration New Zealand repatriation fund for 6 months.

27 August 2021

This Cabinet paper seeks agreement to delay by two years the phased increase to the residence requirements for New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension as proposed by the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Fair Residency) Amendment Bill (the Fair Residency Bill) and associated changes to appropriations. The paper also seeks Cabinet’s authorisation to submit a Government Supplementary Order Paper to amend the Fair Residency Bill.

6 August 2021

This paper presents the Government’s response to the report of the Social Services and Community Committee on the petition entitled, “Our elderly deserve a champion”. The Social Services and Community Committee recommended Government to investigate the establishment of a Commissioner for the Elderly. The Government response notes the Government’s intention to implement an Aged Care Commissioner (within the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner) responsible for the monitoring of aged care services, ensuring the rights of older people are protected.

5 August 2021

The above papers outline the advice provided by MSD, and joint agencies, on prospective benefit rate increases and complementary changes for Budget 2021.

5 August 2021

This Cabinet Legislation Committee paper sought agreement to progress the Order in Council and Social Security Amendment Regulations required for the Budget 2021 main benefit rate increases and complementary changes on 1 July 2021. The paper details the Budget 2021 main benefit rate changes being advanced, their demographic impacts and the legislative requirements to give effect to these policies.

21 July 2021

Cabinet paper seeking agreement to transfer the functions, funding, and accountabilities of three skills and employment initiatives (He Poutama Rangatahi, Māori Trades and Trading Fund and Jobs and Skills Hubs) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

19 July 2021

This Cabinet paper seeks Cabinet Legislation Committee’s authorisation to submit the Social Security (Income and Cash Assets Exemption) Amendment Regulations 2021 and Residential Care and Disability Support Services (Income and Cash Assets Exemption) Amendment Regulations 2021 to the Executive Council. The Amendment Regulations exempt back-payments arising from retrospective reviews of Financial Means Assessments from asset and income tests of Residential Care Subsidy and social security assistance for a 12-month period from the date of payment.

19 July 2021

The Oral Cabinet item provides an update for Ministers on the context of recent targeted sector engagement and an intention to report back in September 2021 with proposals to progress the Social Sector Commissioning work programme.

1 July 2021

The Oral Cabinet item provides an update to Cabinet on progress of the Accelerating Accessibility work programme.

25 June 2021

This release includes papers, minutes and key advice provided by the Ministry of Social Development to Minister Radhakrishnan to support her in seeking Cabinet’s agreement to a proposed approach for working with communities to deliver the social cohesion recommendations.

25 June 2021

Income Support Ministers have agreed to bring forward the review of Working For Families Tax Credits in light of the Government’s commitment to reduce child poverty and the changing labour market and income support context.

21 June 2021

These Cabinet papers sought further policy decisions to support preparation of the Oversight of the Oranga Tamariki System and Young People’s Commission Bill.

14 June 2021

On 22 March 2021, Cabinet approved for introduction the Social Security (Subsequent Child Policy Removal) Amendment Bill (subject to the final approval of the government caucus and sufficient support in the House of Representatives). Further information on the progress of this Bill can be found in the coversheet linked below.

1 June 2021

The Youth Plan: Reporting on Progress Cabinet paper provides the first update on the progression of the Youth Plan 2020-2022: Turning Voice into Action - Rebuilding and Recovering (the Youth Plan) for the period July 2020 to January 2021.

26 May 2021

The New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Fair Residency) Amendment Bill (the Fair Residency Bill) seeks to increase the main residence requirement for New Zealand Superannuation to 20 years. There are a number of key problems in the Fair Residency Bill as currently drafted. The papers which have been proactively released address these issues and these decisions have been incorporated into the Ministry of Social Development’s advice to the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

24 May 2021

As part of the Government’s ongoing COVID-19 response, this Cabinet paper sought agreement to extend the expiry of the COVID-19 New Zealanders Stranded Overseas Support Programme for a further four months from 27 April 2021 to 31 August 2021. The purpose of this Programme is to provide special financial support to beneficiaries and superannuants who are unable to return to New Zealand because of the effects of COVID-19.

5 May 2021

This Cabinet paper sought Cabinet agreement for the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme to be extended for 12 months from 5 June 2021 to 4 June 2022.

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